John Dewey's 1897 seminal essay on his educational beliefs. This version was a project recorded and edited by students at the University of Illinois's Music Education Technology class MUS243 (fall 2008). A paragraph-numbered pdf file is also included for class use and discussion.
Engineering help from Rex Anderson, recording engineering by Chee Kang Koh and Matthew Thibeault. Introduction and additional reading by Michael Breaux. Edited and compiled by Matthew Thibeault, with additional editing of each section by the performers.
Read by: Rachel F. Atlas, Christopher D. Burk, John G. Clemons, Alexander C. Concordia, Amber L. Feigel, Devin K. Godzicki, Andrew N. Jacobi, Matthew D. Johnson, Jenina N. Kenessey , Timothy J. Knilands, Katrina M. Kral, Colin T. Leslie, Ian Murphy, Jihyun Park, Keith W. Pitner, Jori B. Pulver, Christopher J. Rausch, Cameron J. Rehder, Clare E. Stolarski, Sarah A. Aleweidat, Sean D. Cartner, Kevin R. Dobbeck, Emily B. Durham, Nicholas L. Jaworski, Trent M. Johnson, Alek J. Mann, Allison J. Martell, Benjamin D. Randecker, Jacob E. Stimmel, and Linden M. Wu.
As a reader of Dewey's work, and a fan of his philosophies and approach, this audio recording is a perfect archival example that embodies Dewey's approach. A classroom of different people, with different values, from different backgrounds coming together to create something valuable. Something valuable beyond the walls of the classroom. Education imbued with democratic practice and living in relation to others. This recording is Dewey's classroom. This recording is Dewey's democracy. This recording is Dewey's America.
I just started exploring the Internet Archive today, this was one of the first things I found. I truly hope this recording is available for future generations of teachers and students. As a fellow teacher, and pragmatist, my highest commendation and gratitude to the students, teacher, and everyone involved in putting this online for me to find and for people to find for all time.